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Capturing Sound on Reality TV Shows

Production sound mixers working on any kind of shoot are destined to find situations that are less than acceptable, but the brave souls who work on reality television shows have to be the unluckiest of the bunch. The job challenges they face are countless, and include talent not trained in the art of talking into a microphone; hostile and uncontrollable locations; and on-the-move shoots where one must always be camera-ready..

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Interview with Reality TV Cinematographer Brandon Haberman of "Ice Road Truckers"

Now in its third season on The History Channel, the show is being shot in Alaska this year, and it is an endurance test for the film crew as well as the truckers. DP Brandon Haberman talks about the production’s risks and challenges...

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Lighting for Reality TV

In a vast, 65,000-square-foot warehouse in downtown L.A., 10 people are left stranded in a forbidding, post-apocalyptic new world. This is the setup behind “The Colony,” a new reality show produced by Thom Beers Original Productions that will air on the Discovery Channel later this year...

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Cinematographers Roizman and Schliessler discuss "The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3"

Owen Roizman, ASC and Tobias Schliessler, ASC will discuss their experiences filming The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 during a seminar at the CineGear conference at Paramount Studios. Roizman shot the original film in 1974...

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Behind the Scenes of The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler

The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler, a faithful depiction of the heroic deeds of a Polish nurse,  was produced in Riga, Latvia, during the middle of winter. Cinematographer Jerzy Zielinski, ASC tersely describes the weather as “miserable...”

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Curve of Earth -- How to Produce Widescreen 35mm Movies on a Budget


Ben Kufrin is among the first contemporary U.S. cinematographers to use the Techniscope format that was invented about half a century ago. The format uses two versus four perforation-deep 35mm frames to produce movies in a widescreen 2.4:1 aspect ratio.

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Numb Robot Rocks Skechers Red Camera Campaign

While larger postproduction houses are finding it harder and harder to survive in this new slashed budgets "I have no money" economy, Hollywood, Calif. -based boutique post house, Numb Robot (www.numbrobot.com) is striving...

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Pure West Posting

The concept of “editing for broadcast” is evolving as fast as our NLEs, and Director/Editor and Pure West CEO Juan Carlos Piñeiro-Escoriaza is leading his company into this new foray on the Web..

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Lighting "Lie to Me"

Top DP Alan Caso, ASC worked with the legendary Director John Frankenheimer on “George Wallace” and the film Reindeer Games, and he’s shot and lit many TV shows, such as “Into the West” for Dreamworks and “Six Feet Under” for HBO. Currently working on the Fox show “Lie to Me,” Caso reports, “As with so many TV shows, the tight schedule is a big challenge. The studio wants to keep the shows shot in eight 12-hour days. For a high-profile, primetime network show...

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Interview with "Better Off Ted" DP Brandon Mastrippolito

The new ABC comedy “Better Off Ted,” produced by 20th Century Fox, stars Jay Harrington as a company R&D man and Portia de Rossi as his boss. It is shot by DP Brandon Mastrippolito, an experienced cinematographer whose credits include the shows “Swingtown” for CBS and “Veronica Mars” for UPN. Mastrippolito began his career...

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